The lights have gone out at USF Red Star. On May 23, USF Corp., the carrier's corporate parent, announced that it had shuttered the operating company, saying in a statement that a work stoppage had caused a loss of customers and revenue "to a point where Red Star would never be able to recover from the business losses." "This is a terrible development for our more than 2,000 employees and for the customers who depended on them," said Richard P. DiStasio, USF chairman, president and chief executive officer in a statement.
The closing of Red Star follows the shutdown of other Teamster operations in the Northeast, resulting in the loss of at least $1.5 billion's worth of LTL capacity in that market. Besides Red Star, other casualties in the Northeast include St. Johnsbury, Preston Trucking, A-P-A Transport and Plymouth Rock Transportation, which was acquired by USF Red Star in 2003.